ILA 2: Infographics Vs. Articles
Today the world is full of different ways to receive information. Articles and infographics are just a few examples of the ample sources of information available to us. An infographic is a concise method of displaying information while an article is a longer, less concise way of presenting information. Different as they may be both methods are useful ways to communicate and display information to an audience.
Infographics are very different from articles because of the way it displays its information. An infographic is used display data or information clearly, concisely, and quickly while an article is a less concise, more in depth way of displaying data and information due to its usually lengthy paragraphs related to the topic at hand. An infographic differs from an article because it is much less in depth because it leaves out so much information. This is not necessarily a bad thing however, articles usually include a lot of information that is not necessarily useful if you are just trying to find facts about “Water Consumption Facts,” for example. Compared to the infographic, “Water Use Today” includes a lot of less important information by including asides, background information, and examples of water usage problems that are not pertinent in getting simple information and facts.
Infographics are more effective in a variety of reasons. Articles are time consuming compared to its simpler counterpart; it takes much longer to find and extract useful information out of an article rather than looking at an infographic where that has already been for you. It is much more time efficient if you are just looking for facts to find an infographic or any chart/graph for that matter, rather than taking the time to read, and pick out information out of a long, drawn out article. Aside from efficiency of time, infographics are much more attention grabbing while it is easy to get lost reading a less interesting article.
Each form of information gives enough information depending on what the reader is looking for. For example, the infographic on water consumption would be beneficial to look at if the reader only wanted information about water usage. However, if the reader wanted more information such as wanted examples of water usage problems, hypotheticals like “If there was no water…” and ways to reduce water consumption then it would be more beneficial to the reader to view the article “Water Sense.” As stated in the second paragraph, if the reader wants a more concise and plain, factual source of information then it would be more beneficial to observe an infographic. However, if the reader wanted more background knowledge, and extra information it would be more sensible to view an article. Both infographics and articles provide ample information, but it depends on the reader and what kind of information they are looking for decide which source of information will be most beneficial to them.
Infographics obviously not always the best choice because it probably excludes a lot of information presented in the article as well as background information which is very useful in understanding the authors intent and the information he/she is presenting. For example, if the author was simply stating facts in the entire article the authors intent and tone would not be detectable leaving the reader to make their own assumptions about the information. One thing that an infographic may have that an article doesn’t is its own conclusions of data. The author of an article may leave it up to the reader to make conclusions about the information they gave them and it may not be as clearly stated as it would be in an infographic.
In an infographic nearly everything is emphasized, that is the point of it. The creator of the infographic specifically chose pieces of information from an article to create a clear and concise set of information for the reader to view. In an article however, information is deemphasized because it doesn’t stand out or have anything special compared to the other hundreds of words surrounded by it.
Infographics and articles are both sufficient forms of displaying facts and information to an audience. Infographics are more clear and concise but do have a few holes in which they lack bits and pieces of potentially important information. An article does not leave information out, but it is less efficient on time and energy. When reading an article, the reader is forced to pick out the important information for themselves and make their own conclusions, while an infographic has already done that for them. Both communicate information differently and the infographic’s form of communication is easier to find information and all around more efficient to display data and facts.
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